The atmosphere at the Priestley unit was buzzing as the Mary Wilkinson ward opened its doors for all to attend a special summer fair in 2008. People on the ward had been working hard in preparation for the event baking cakes and hand-making greetings cards and lavender wheat bags, all to sell on the various stalls. Friends and family members also contributed by donating books, jewellery and other items to sell on the day.
Refreshments including tea, coffee and hot dogs were served throughout the afternoon as people browsed the stalls and enjoyed their surroundings. The main attraction was the tombola which provided plenty of entertainment as people took it in turns to take their lucky dip. The prizes on offer included an array of cosmetics, bottles of wine and chocolates.
The highlight of the day came when accordion player Richard took centre stage and impressed the crowd with his musical talent. The event raised £400 in total which will now be used to fund various activities and facilities for the ward including trips out, baking and the twice monthly coffee mornings.
Shirley Walker, who went along to the fair said ‘People have worked hard to make the event a success and whoever baked the cakes did a fantastic job! It’s been a very happy afternoon.’
‘We’ve all really enjoyed it’ added Muriel Sykes, who has spent time on the ward. ‘It’s been really nice to meet up with old friends again.’